The socio-economic landscape of the city is ever changing. Trends to move further from the city center have created thriving suburban towns, but have also left inner-city neighborhoods to desolation and decay. While gentrification efforts are made to reinvigorate struggling neighborhoods, the identity of a community and its residents are often sacrificed. The victims of changes in social patterns throughout the city are the businesses, institutions, homes, and people who are displaced by change. West Philadelphia Catholic High School has become one of those victims.
The West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys was established in 1916 to address the growing Catholic Population of the western part of the city. An additional High School was built for the education of the area’s young women in 1927. Enrollment at the schools thrived well into the 1950s. As the trend towards suburbanization